ancestors of the Lacandon Mayan retreated from the Yucatan
during the final stage of the fiercely contested Spanish
Conquest of the Yucatan, anthropologists and historians
They retreated to the caves of the mountains of the Lacandon
Jungle to continue their resistance to the Spanish, to
continue their resistance to control and oppression from
In these caves which they knew to be portals to other
worlds, they entered the wonderworld of the Lacandon Jungle.
They saw that this wonderworld covers the earth if you
are only able to see. They reconsecrated the sacred places
in the ruined cities of the classical age. They learned
to make gardens in the jungle and to see the jungle as
a great garden with all the food and medicine that they
would ever need. The lakes, caves and waterfalls became
their cathedrals. And the greatest cathedral was the jungle
and its mystery.